MS Eng 1472
Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler. George Ritchie Kinloch collection of
Scottish proverbs: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Eng 1472
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler.
Title: George Ritchie Kinloch collection of Scottish proverbs,
Quantity: 1 collection (4 volumes (.75 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks containing transcribed Scottish proverbs, collected by antiquarian and
ballad authority, George Ritchie Kinloch.
Source unknown. Received in the Child Memorial Library: 1915 Dec. 17. Recat. from Prov 45.4*
An unidentified dealer's description (#228) found with the collection states: "At
the sale of Mr. Kinloch's library in 1877 it brought £7."
The 1877 Dec. 3-4 catalogue of the sale of Kinloch's library lists this material
as sale item number 815 "Proverbs. Collection of Scottish Proverbs and Proverbial
Expressions, with notes, in three quarto scrap books, with lot of loose slips ready
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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George Ritchie Kinloch Collection of Scottish Proverbs (MS Eng 1472). Houghton Library,
George Ritchie Kinloch, was a Scottish antiquary and authority on ballad lore, best
known as editor of Ancient Scottish Ballads. He was born at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland, about 1796, and became a lawyer.
In 1824 he projected, without publishing, a "Collection of Scottish proverbs." In
1827 he published, Ancient Scottish ballads recovered from tradition, and never before published, and The ballad book. In 1842 he was appointed assistant-keeper of the register of deeds in Edinburgh Register
House and was head from 1851-1869. He died in Edinburgh in 1877.
Arranged in volume order.
Collection of 3 scrapbooks containing slips of paper pasted onto volume sheets. Slips of paper have autograph
Scottish proverbs, English equivalents, and notes concerning the proverbial expressions.
Also includes one volume of loose slips of paper with proverbs. Includes a total of
over four thousand proverbs in three groupings: two distinct alphabets A-Z, and at
the end a grouping of local proverbial rhymes, phrases, and traditional sayings arranged
by the counties of Scotland.
- (1). Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler. Vol I: Proverbial sentences (first alphabet), A-M : AMs scrapbook, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1824. 1v.
Includes chart at front of volume listing count of phrases by letter, showing 1385
total phrases in this volume. Also includes section of unordered pencilled proverbial
entries at end of volume, and some other entries (in pencil) throughout volume. A
note at front states that the pencilled entries are not included in total count (most
entries are in ink).
- (2). Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler. Vol II: Proverbial sentences (first alphabet), M-Z : AMs scrapbook, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1824. 1v.
Includes chart at front of volume listing count of phrases by letter, showing 892
total phrases in this volume.
- (3). Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler. Proverbial sentences (second alphabet) A-Y; and Local rhymes : AMs, scrapbook, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1824. 1v. and 1 folder in 1 volume.
Includes chart at front of volume listing count of phrases by letter, showing 1210
total phrases in this volume, and adding that there are loose slips totaling 600 [refers
to item (4) below]. Also includes pencilled entries "that may be duplicates."
Local rhymes section further described as: "sayings of various families, local proverbial rhymes,
phrases and traditionary sayings arranged by region" [by Scottish county].
Clippings on proverbs found loose in volume were removed to folder.